The Panasonic Lumix G90, or G95 as it’s known in North America, is a mid-range mirrorless camera with a 20 Megapixel Four Thirds sensor, built-in stabilisation, fully-articulated screen and unlimited 4k video recording. Announced in April 2019, it replaces the two year old Lumix G80 / G85 and is aimed at photographers and vloggers who want a powerful hybrid camera without breaking into a four-figure price tag.
The G90 / G95 employs what Panasonic describes as a new 20 Megapixel Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter, allowing it to match the image quality of the higher-end Lumix G9. There’s built-in five-axis sensor-shift stabilisation which can work alongside the optical stabilisation of Dual IS lenses to deliver five stops of compensation, while burst shooting is rated at 6fps with continuous autofocus or 9fps without. 4k video is available at 24, 25 or 30p, or 1080 video at 25, 30, 50 or 60p, and impressively the camera can film unlimited clips in any mode while battery or memory remains; slow motion is also available with 1080 up to 100 or 120p for a four times slowdown in-camera. Panasonic has also included the flat V-Log L profile as standard, an option that’s previously been a paid-for firmware update on its highest-end models – good news for anyone who wants to try grading on a budget. Suffice it to say the G90 / G95 also offers Panasonic’s 4K Photo modes including Post Focus, as well as a new Live View Composite mode for easier long exposures.
The weatherproof body sports a generous grip, a 2360k dot OLED viewfinder with 0.74x magnification, a fully articulated side-hinged OLED touchscreen that can flip-forward for vlogging, new dedicated buttons for white balance, ISO and exposure compensation on the top surface, and a generous array of ports including microphone and headphone jacks, as well as HDMI with 4:2:2 8-bit output and Micro USB for charging and power delivery; meanwhile the wireless connectivity includes Wifi and Bluetooth, the latter providing a constant link for easy location tagging and remote control. Expect the Lumix G90 / G95 in June 2019 at a body price of 899 GBP or in a kit with either the Lumix G 12-60mm or Lumix G 14-140mm for 1079 or 1259 GBP respectively. This places it directly against the Sony A6400 and Fujifilm X-T30. I had a chance to try out a pre-production model at a press briefing where I was able to film the following first-looks video preview which goes over the highlights.
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